WATERBURY, Conn. (WTNH) — Governor Ned Lamont has signed an Executive Order now making it mandatory for all nursing home workers to be tested for COVID-19.

First, let’s look at the problem that led to the decision. There are a little over 21,000 people living in nursing homes in Connecticut and little more than 8,000 of them have tested positive for coronavirus. That means close to 40% of nursing home residents have gotten it. Almost 1,900 have died from it, which is about 9% of all nursing home residents in Connecticut dead from the virus.

With no visitors allowed, how is the virus getting into nursing homes? Figuring that out is exactly why Governor Lamont signed this new Executive Order.

“Every single nurse and staff at the nursing home will be tested now and on a regular basis going forward. We are one of the first if not only the first state in the country to do that,” Gov. Lamont said.

This will be phased in throughout the month of June. Eventually, all employees in all nursing homes and assisted living facilities all across the state will be tested for coronavirus every week. That will continue as long as the public health emergency continues.